Saturday, December 15, 2007

Defenders say 'no' to more District Court cases

Defenders say 'no' to more District Court cases, Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader, Dec. 5, 2007. The three-person firm that has the contract for public defense for Jefferson County had been assigned 983 district court cases through Nov. 28 -- when the county had contracted for 510. So the firms said: Enough, already! It's still accepting felony cases, but the court has assigned several cases to other local lawyers.

The article raises the issue of parity between prosecution and defense (the county has 4 prosecutors and three public defenders and pays the prosecutors better).

Thanks: Arbitrary & Capricious.

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